The other moon of Valencia

El Poblet
Chef: Quique Dacosta
Country: Spain
City: 03700 Dénia (Alicante)
Address: Las Marinas, km. 3.
00 34 965784179

Quique Dacosta is one of the chefs with the finest taste, not only of the palate, but of the scene, that exist in the gastronomic universe. Lover of nature, architecture, painting… he has shaped his style most recently taking inspiration from landscapes. A product of all those passions is this architectural, landscape work–a symbiosis of two inspirations. First, in 2006, he created a dish entitled “La Opera de Calatrava”, which was born from the admiration he feels for the majestic work by Calatrava on the “Ciudad de las Ciencias y las Artes” building in Valencia, Spain. As an evolution of that first creation, he added a new vision, this time of a summer night… as if he had been under the influence of the “luna de Valencia” (the moon of Valencia), a new artistic expression surfaced: “The Other Moon of Valencia”, in black and white, like life itself. And with the elegance of those colors and the originality that characterizes his work, he captures this luminous, edible landmark. A stunning composition of the landscape, using nature itself as the protagonist: the squid and its ink. Later came the fantasy, technique, refined taste… in short, the art to strengthen the innate delicacy of the dish. Make that which is good, beautiful, and it will be all that more appetizing, or so the saying goes. Here is his “lunar” vision that exalts the squid to the heavens above… or the culinary fantasy that allows us to dip our spoon into the moon, the full moon, and taste it for ourselves.

The Recipe